Washington Redskins (3-13) at Houston Texans (2-14)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 7, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Texans -2.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Washington Redskins and Houston Texans begin their regular season with a Sunday game at Reliant Stadium.
The Washington Redskins were a solid 3-1 in the preseason but enter the season with question marks. Quarterback Robert Griffin III did not look comfortable in the offense, and you can only help but wonder if his injury is still bothering him a bit. Even with great weapons in Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon and the newly acquired DeSean Jackson, the Redskins offense is only going to go as far as a healthy and productive RG3 can carry it. Of course, Kirk Cousins is waiting for his name to be called, but we saw last season how shaky he can be. Defensively the Washington Redskins showed flashes of potential last season and with the addition of safety Ryan Clark, the secondary is looking like one of the better units on paper in the NFC.
Head coach Bill O’Brien will coach in his first real NFL game, and the Houston Texans are eager to prove last season was no fluke. The Texans still have their workhorse offensive players in Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins, but I’m not sure quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is the answer to get this team back in the playoffs. The Texans scored no more than 18 points in three of their four preseason games, proving that scoring once again could be an issue if the quarterback play doesn’t improve. Defensively the Houston Texans have limitless potential with a trio that includes J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney. The Houston Texans were third against the pass last season and with now more than one true pass rusher on the team, they should also improve against the run.
The Redskins are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1 and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Texans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
I really don’t trust either one of these teams with the shaky quarterback play. However, the Texans are at home and know they have to get off to a good start if this season is going to be any better than the last one.
Give me the home team and the small chalk.